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Monday 23 October 2017

Vampires, a flying dentist and a flying farmer are all part of Bray's sky-high spectacular

A Flying dentist, a flying farmer and a bunch of vampires are only a few of the daredevils who will feature in Bray's breathtaking Air Display Show next weekend.

Up to 85,000 spectators will descend on the Co Wicklow town to watch the event.

Part of the headline act features Dubliner Eddie Goggins and Gerry Humphreys from Limerick, better-known as the Flying Dentist and the Flying Farmer respectively, who will pair up again for their wonder display, Aer Dynamics.

Eddie, a former aerobatic champion, is a dentist based in Cabinteely, while Gerry, a former RAF pilot, is an organic beef farmer in Limerick.

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They will be remembered for their act last year, which saw the pair fill the sky with smoke and perform crossover loops, synchronised hammerheads and split shamrocks.

A team called Vampires from the Royal Norwegian Air Force's Historical Squadron, along with our own Defence Forces' Black Knights parachute team and aerobatic pilots from the Ravens will be among the crowd-pleasers during the spectacle.

Other headline acts from the Air Corps include the Hawker Hunter and the Strike Master.

For the first time ever, international audiences will have the opportunity to watch the display abroad, as the three-hour show will be live-streamed through AerTv.ie.

The sky will turn green first, with an Aer Lingus A321 opening the show.

The Irish Coast Guard's Sikorsky helicopter will also prove a big attraction.

And three vintage aircraft will appear in a unique display during the Bray Summerfest, creating aviation history as they do so.

The 1936 Iolar from Aer Lingus along with two Chipmunk light aircraft will fly in retro Irish Air Corps colours over the beach.

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Aviation aficionados and families alike can also look forward to displays by the Boeing Stearman, the Twister Team and the Pitts Trig Team.

Se Pardy, the display director from Simtech Aviation, said that this year's festival is bigger and better than ever.

"The display programme is the most family-friendly yet, with lots of spectacular aerial action for visitors of all ages to enjoy," he said.

"From vintage planes from the 1930s, 40s and 50s to high-speed aerobatic formations, we're welcoming top pilots from Ireland and around the world to Bray to showcase aviation at its very best."

The Bray Air Display, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, kicks off at 3.30pm next Sunday.

The display, which attracted 85,000 spectators last year, is one of the many highlights of Bray Summerfest, which is organised over five weekends this year.

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